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Mike Rimar’s “Four Wizards and A Funeral”

My friend Mike Rimar, who’s also a member of my writing group the Stop-Watch Gang, appears in the latest issue of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show with his story, “Four Wizards and a Funeral“. We critiqued it in one of our sessions, and I thought it was quite a lot of fun. Congrats, Mike!


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Ad Astra Report 2011

Tony Pi by Howard Tayler

So I was at Ad Astra over the weekend and had a great time. This sketch of me is courtesy of Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary fame, whom I sat with during the autograph session. Thanks, Howard! I also sat with Ed Greenwood, and we chatted about the Forgotten Realms and novel-writing. Ed’s also a co-editor on WHEN THE HERO COMES HOME with Gabrielle Harbowy.

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My Ad Astra Schedule

I will be appearing at Ad Astra 2011: April 8-10.

Fri 9 pm
Salon 343
Travel, Research and Writing
Tony Pi (m), Jana Paniccia, Gregory Wilson

Fri 10 pm
Crowne Room
Reading: Stop Watch Gang
Stephen Kotowych, Suzanne Church, Tony Pi, Ian Keeling, Brad Carson, Mike Rimar, Costi Gurgu

Sat 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Ballr. East and Centre
Autograph session

Sat 7 pm
Salon 243
Writer’s Group Behind the Scenes
Stephen Kotowych, Suzanne Church, Tony Pi, Ian Keeling, Brad Carson, Mike Rimar, Costi Gurgu

Sun 3 pm
Ballr. East
What Could Have Been: Alternate History
Eric Flint, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Eric Choi, Tony Pi, Tim Liebe

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Story Sale to Tesseracts 15

A short story sale to Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing). The theme for this anthology is young adult speculative fiction, and it’s edited by Julie Czerneda and Susan MacGregor. This will be my first appearance in this long-standing Canadian anthology series.

Congratulations to Mike Rimar from my writing group the Stop-Watch Gang, who also made it into the anthology. Our stories both went through the group’s critique process, so many thanks to the SWG.

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Congratulations to My Writer Friends

First, a big congratulations to my friends who made the Nebula ballot – Vylar Kaftan, Chris Kastensmidt, Aliette de Bodard, J. Kathleen Cheney, Eric James Stone, Caroline Yoachim, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Good luck!

Also, congrats to Mike Rimar from my writing group The Stop-Watch Gang, who made his second pro sale. His story “Four Wizards and A Funeral” (what a great title!) will appear in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show in the near future. I hope it’s the same issue as mine (April 2011). Mike workshopped the story in the group, and I knew it would sell. Way to go, Mike!

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2010 in Review: Most Memorable Moments

My top 10 in chronological order. They’re all unforgettable in their own way:

  1. Watching the Winter Olympics, from the opening ceremonies to the gold medal wins. For me, the Men’s Curling gold was the most satisfying, as I used to curl and had been following it closely. (Unfortunately, due to a writing group meeting, I missed the win in Men’s Hockey.)
  2. The launch for the anthology The Dragon and the Stars at the Merril Collection, which was quite well-attended.
  3. Just seeing the Grand Canyon was incredible, but the best moment of the trip was conquering my fear of heights, forcing myself to walk the entire length on the glass bridge of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
  4. Celebrating our 7th anniversary at CUT by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas. The Kobe beef sashimi was simply divine, as was their porterhouse steak.
  5. My 40th birthday party at the Duke of York. I’m very thankful to have so many friends come.
  6. Walking my mother down the aisle at her wedding.
  7. After standing in line for 2 hours, finally seeing Michelangelo’s David in all its magnificence in Florence. Pictures really don’t do it justice.
  8. In Italy, meeting my stepfather’s side of the family for the first time and seeing my aunt and uncle from Taiwan for the first time in decades. My Taiwanese uncle and my new step-uncle transcended cultural and linguistic barriers with the help of wine and accordion.
  9. Looking up at Mount Vesuvius from the forum in Pompeii, and realizing how incredible it was to be standing in a slice of frozen time.
  10. My writing group’s 24-hour story challenge, when some of us gathered at Stephen Kotowych’s house and wrote Writers of the Future-style. I got little sleep but it was worth it.

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